A new fancy bed?  A couple of the newest, trendiest doggie toys?  Maybe her very own sundress custom made just for her?  Forget it.  That kind of material stuff may make us humans happy, but honestly,  your dog could care less.

The very best gift you can give your dog today is a walk.  That’s right a simple evening walk covers most your dog’s daily needs and desires.

  • Mental stimulation
  • Physical exercise
  • Bonding and communicating with YOU.

You may have the biggest, most beautiful house with the biggest, most beautiful backyard in the neighborhood.  But as far as your dog is concerned, it is still just four walls.  She wants to get out into the world and socialize, stimulate her senses (it’s all about the nose!), and just be a dog.

I’m not talking about miles and miles of treachery. If you only have time for a quick 20 minute walk around the block, that will suit her just fine.  Even a short walk is better than no walk at all. Every morning and every evening is best since dogs are crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk).  Of course,every owner should adjust the walk to their dog’s individual needs and of course, the weather (especially during the Houston summers).

We can all agree that a tired dog is a happy dog.  Insufficient exercise can contribute to problem behaviors including destructiveness (chewing and digging), investigative behavior (garbage raiding), hyperactivity, unruliness, excitability, attention-getting behaviors, and sometimes, barking.

If walking your dog is an unpleasant experience due to pulling, leash aggression, etc. Consider hiring a professional trainer to help you.  Your dog will love you for it.

Neither dogs or humans are meant to be couch potatoes. What’s good for her is good for you! Dog walks are good for your health, heart, and soul. Tie a pink bow to her collar and see how many smiles you get and how many new friends you make.  Or better yet, try walking 6 dogs at the same time!

Watch this:

The Six Dog Shuffle

“If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise”

~ Unknown

Stephanie Bennett

Certified Canine Trainer & Behavior Specialist

Professional Dog Training in Houston, TX



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